I try to capture these particular moments, that seem like everyday activities, but when examined more closely, they are more intimate.
—Sarah Neville, artist
A few years ago, artist Sarah Neville rescued a dog, and it changed the way she painted.
Now it's her goal to allow the viewer to experience the emotion she feels with her dog through her paintings. Simple ideas, like the fact dogs yawn, sleep in weird poses or care for their family, allow the viewer to remember that dogs and people can be more similar than one thinks.
Artist Sarah Neville with Keira, the inspiration for her painting (courtesy Sarah Neville)
asked Neville to describe one of her paintings:
Fast Forward/Rewind (Orange)
is a moment in time where this particular dog (my dog) is running. In this freeze frame shot, it appears she is doing something other than running. I try to capture these particular moments, that seem like everyday activities, but when examined more closely, they are more intimate. I isolate the dogs on a solid background, so the only focus is of the dogs and their actions.
With this painting, it was important for me to focus on the movement and strength of the dog running. There is little detail to the face, because I wanted to give the possibility that this could be any dog.
Fractions runs December 13-18 at Cre8ery. The group show features work by Sarah Neville, Ashley Feduniw, Anna Robinson & Chris Janes.